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I am new to Linux and installed Redhat 6.0 early last week, everything went well and I was using an old box with the installation CD in it, now I want to try 7.1, I have downloaded the files from an FTP site. I am confused by where to put certain files if I am going to burn two CD's. I done the v6.0 install from one bootable CD. Now I have the dosutils, images and redhat folders along with the autorun files, my confusion is with the RPMS and SPRMS folders, the RPMS contains 880MB's and I haven't downloads the SPRMS folder yet as it seems to have the exact same RPM files again, my question is how do I divide the CD's RPMS files up and what is the SPRMS folder for? Can I install 7.1 by FTP'ing from my LINUX workstation to my Windows where the Redhat install files are located.
Usually the ftp server layout is similar that on to the cd.
SRPM's are source RPM's, with which u can compile the app ureself.
If u set up a simple ftp server on ure Windoze box u can tell install to get the files from there.
Thanks for the advice, I have read that if you are using ISO images to install Red Hat that you need to create a boot floppy, the machine I have LINUX on has no floppy drive. Just a CD drive and network access. Can I install from ISO images without a floppy disk? If I did want to burn a bootable CD which of the 880MB worth of rpm files in the RPM should I put in the first CD, will those packages be installed automatically. Is everything in the RPM folder optional?
ISO images burned onto CD media are bootable if your machine is new enough. If you look at the excellent link trickykid provided, the ISO images are broken up for you into disc 1, disc 2, and powertools. Each one should be burned onto a separate CD.
Two things to check....
Whether your machine can boot from the CD-rom depends on your BIOS. In newer machines, the BIOS often allows booting from CD-rom. In this case, simply make the BIOS changes, put disc 1 into the CD drive and reboot.
The other thing to check is that some CD burner software makes you specify if you are burning an ISO image to the CD. Failing to check for this may result in an ISO disc that will not boot (i.e., a coaster...since you have no floppy drive).